Anything is Possible, Everything is Not

Back in February, I attended the annual FocalPoint Conference. It was four days of passion, inspiration and ideas, all led by my fellow coaches from around the world. Nick Mariniello, a FocalPoint Coach out of New Jersey, outlined the vision for our organization’s growth plan in five key phrases:

  1. Think like a Big Company, act like a Small Business
  2. Expand the brand
  3. Packaging is key
  4. Many hands make light work
  5. Anything is possible, everything is not

This blog series looks at each phrase, and how they can positively impact your career and business….

Anything is Possible, Everything is Not…. We are all guilty of biting off more than we can chew. As a society, we are overcommitted, over-scheduled, and forced into feeble attempts at multi-tasking in order to keep up the frenetic pace we set for ourselves. We feel like we need to accomplish everything, and in trying we often accomplish nothing.

What we really need to do, where we can all improve, is to simply take a breath and focus on completing our most valuable activities. Brian Tracy, in his bestselling book Eat That Frog! said “There will never be enough time to do everything you have to do, but there is always time for the most important thing.” Over the next few sentences, I’ll attempt to outline what it looks like to live out that quote, to build a plan not to accomplish everything on your list, but to accomplish the things that matter most.

Start by clarifying what you want and why you want it. In order to focus your time and energy on what is most important to achieving your goals, you must first have those goals in place. You must develop absolute clarity about what you want, and the best way to achieve it. Once you know what your destination looks like, it is much easier to build the plan to get there and identify what steps you need to take to reach the destination as fast as possible.

Keep it simple. We have a tendency to overcomplicate things and make them unnecessarily difficult. Don't do that! Take a hard look at all the tasks, the details, the minutiae on your to do list and filter them through the lens of relevance and importance. How many of them really help you achieve your goals, and really make sense for you to do them? Are they important and something you should do? Great! Get to work. Are they important, but probably not something you should be doing— either because they are below your pay grade, or because you are not the ideal person to complete them? Excellent! Delegate or outsource them to someone who is more qualified to get them done. Are they simply busywork—unimportant and not worth anyone’s time? Fantastic! Eliminate them from your list entirely and move on to bigger and better things.

Identify your special talents, those abilities that make you unique. What are the skills that add the most value to your business or organization, and will propel you forward toward your goal? Identify those things that you do best, and spend your time and energy doing them; you will get more important things done, faster, and achieve your desired results in a shorter amount of time.

It all comes down to efficiency, to time and life management. Know what you want, know what needs to happen to get there, know what is most important for YOU to be doing and clear the rest off your plate. Know what you do best, those things that set you apart from the crowd, and focus on them as much as you can. And finally, get to work! Commit to action. Identify that most important thing for you to do, and do it. Action creates results, results generate momentum, and that momentum will carry you toward achieving your goals.

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